Perfect sailing conditions for SLAM Combined High Schools Championship
The opening two races of the 50th running of the SLAM Combined High Schools Championship have seen perfect sailing conditions with light south-easterly breezes.
Race one saw current National title 29er pairing of John Cooley and Simon Hoffman (The Scots College) who were runners up in the regatta last year, made a strong claim for the overall crown with a win. ‘Panther’ a Flying 11 sailed by Connor Weare (Shellharbour Anglican College) had a brilliant first race to finish second on corrected time. Max Paul (St Aloysius College) sailing his 29er finished in third place. Overall, results from race one were extremely close with only two minutes separating the majority of the top 10 places on corrected time.
Race two saw some familiar names at the top end of the fleet. Last year’s Championship winner, Tom Crockett (Whitebridge High) sailing his 16ft skiff sailed away in the light conditions to a comfortable victory. ‘Send it Marine’ skipper, Lachlan White (Merewether High) demonstrated some serious speed once he is foiling in breezes above 10 knots on a foiling A class catamaran and he performed consistently well today to record second place in race two.
However, the day belonged to John Cooley (29er) with consistent results in both of today’s races. He currently leads in the early stages of the championship overall on four points with Lachlan White (Foiling A –Class) in second (six points) and one point behind Connor Weare (Flying 11) and Max Paul (29er) sharing equal third overall. Similar conditions are expected for the remainder of the regatta. However, with the chasing fleet not far behind, this regatta is far from over.
PHOTO: 'Last year's Championship winner Tom Crockett was the winner in Race 2 today - SLAM Combined High Schools Sailing Championship' Red Hot Shotz